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To Recoup Hiring Expenses, St. Louis Sues Teachers for Quitting Early
The St. Louis district is suing 32 teachers for breaking their contracts by leaving their jobs early.
Starting in 2015, the district required nontenured teachers to agree to pay $3,000, plus interest, if they left the district before their annual teaching contracts expired. The district says it costs that much to search for and hire a replacement teacher.
Emily Perez, the lawyer representing several of the teachers, said the contracts are not enforceable and suing to collect the $3,000 is unfair to the teachers because they faced stressful, toxic, and even unsafe work environments.
Vol. 37, Issue 11, Page 4Published in Print: November 1, 2017, as To Recoup Hiring Expenses, St. Louis Sues Teachers for Quitting Early